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Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

Review Date: Feb 21, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Compact, Build feels really solid, Butter smooth focus ring, F1.8
Not so cheap

I wanted a faster "normal" lens, either a zoom or a prime for my crop body (canon 550d). First I have tried 2 copies of the tamron 17-50 F2.8, but the first one had serious backfocus, and the other one was so soft at f2.8 that I would not use it at 2.8.
Finally I decided to go with a prime lens with a "normal" 50mm like view for a crop body. Just got this lens and did some indoor testing on my daughter and my dog and this lens gives me razor sharp images even at f1.8

Here are 2 test images I took when just unboxed the lens, dont mind the composition, just for testing the optical quality of the lens.

This is at f1.8, focus is on the eye

This one is at f2.0

I've read all the reviews online and hear a lot of people about that it is not really sharp at f1.8, but so far I'm really impressed.